Journal article

The trauma of parting: Endings of music therapy with children with autism spectrum disorders

Jinah Kim

Nordic Journal of Music Therapy | GRIEG ACADEMY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Some children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are intensely affected by separation and changes in therapy. They tend to display varying degrees of difficulties in dealing with holidays, breaks and the closure of music therapy. This difficulty is often intensified when the child is strongly attached to the therapist and has precarious awareness of what ending means, and yet lacks the capacity for emotional self-regulation. Preparing children for parting might bring about excessive anxiety, overwhelming distress and even the fear of death and dying that the child finds difficult to contain or to articulate in words.

University of Melbourne Researchers